February 22, 2018
On 21 February 2018, the preliminary hearing of Yalchin Imanov was concluded in the Ganja City Administrative – Economic Court.
On 20 November 2017, Azerbaijan’s Bar Association suspended human rights lawyer Yalchin Imanov from practising law, pending a court ruling, following a complaint from the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan. On 10 August 2017, the Deputy Chairman of the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan stated, in a letter of complaint to Azerbaijan’s Bar Association, that Yalchin Imanov had been circulating false information through the press. The complaint refers to the human rights defender allegedly disseminating false information regarding allegations of torture of two of his clients in detention. Yalchin Imanov was also accused of creating negative public opinion of the work of the Prison Service.
At the hearing, the human rights lawyer emphasised that the Administrative Procedure Code did not contain any relevant provisions for a hearing on the decision of the Bar Association and therefore an administrative court is not the correct forum for a hearing on his case.